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Beckett: Positives To Take From Wigan Defeat

Beckett: Positives To Take From Wigan Defeat

Louis Beckett insists there were positives to take from Hull City U18s' 2-1 defeat at the hands of league leaders Wigan Athletic at the weekend.

Rob Guilfoyle’s opener gave the young Tigers a one-goal lead at the break in Saturday's U18 Professional Development League clash at Bishop Burton College, only for second-half strikes from Millen Brown and Sean McGurk to secure all three points for the visitors.

While disappointed to come away with nothing to show for the team's efforts, Beckett was quick to express his belief that there wasn't too much between the two sides on the day.

"Of course, we were all disappointed after the game," he said.

"Yes, Wigan are top of the league but we more than held our own against a very good side. There wasn't too much between the two teams whatsoever.

"We went into the game on the back of a decent win at Barnsley and did the basics right in the first half. To be honest, they were losing it a little bit. They were falling out with each other and having a go at the referee and their coaches weren’t happy, which showed that we had frustrated them by leading at the break.

"But, after the break, they came out a lot stronger and made a few substitutions which gave them more strikers on the pitch. It was just one of those disappointing ones for us. To be 1-0 up at the break and then lose the game 2-1 was frustrating.

"It could have been different had we scored to make it 2-0 but the post denied us. I think we would've defended a two-goal lead had it gone in but then they went upfield and - within ten minutes - got themselves back on level terms. If was definitely a 'what if' moment looking back on the chance that saw us denied by the frame of the goal.

"There were a lot of positives to take from the game though. I think Wigan are six points clear at the top and we took them to the final whistle so I don’t think they realised what we could bring. We gave them a good game but, unfortunately, it just wasn't enough.

"We just have to look to build on the performance and try to get back to winning ways as soon as possible."